ODOT Seeks Public Comment for the Proposed SR 2 Dehumidification Project Middlegrounds Metropark Path Detour
BOWLING GREEN (Thursday, April 27, 2017) - The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is proposing to install a dehumidification system on the Anthony Wayne Bridge (State Route 2) over the Maumee River to prevent moisture and ice from forming to reduce safety hazards to the traveling public and to prevent damage/rusting to the existing bridge. The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To facilitate construction activities, ODOT will acquire a Standard Highway Easement from the Toledo Metroparks (Middlegrounds Metropark) to construct a 25x30 foot building to house equipment for the dehumidification system and park storage, as well as to install an access drive.
Based on consultation with the Toledo Metroparks (recognized Official with Jurisdiction), the equipment building will be constructed in a manner that will complement and match existing park aesthetics. An existing recreational path that is located under the bridge within the park will be temporarily closed in order to facilitate construction of the access drive to the proposed building.
The installation of the dehumidification system on the Anthony Wayne Bridge will begin in the summer of 2018 and is anticipated to take approximately 18 months, which includes construction of the storage building which will take approximately 90 days to construct. During the time needed for construction, access to Middlegrounds Metropark will be maintained at all times and a detour for the recreational path will be posted.
Middlegrounds Metropark is a 28 acre green space purchased by the Toledo Metroparks in 2006 and is Toledo’s first downtown Metropark. Due to the use of federal funds, the proposed transportation project is subject to the requirements of Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Act of 1966, which affords protection to publicly-owned parks, recreation areas, and wildlife and waterfowl refuges.
Based on consultation with ODOT the following measures to minimize harm to Middlegrounds Metropark, a recognized 4(f) property, will implement during construction:
- Access to Middlegrounds Metropark will be maintained at all times during construction activities
- Temporary construction fencing will be installed along proposed construction limits prior to the start of construction activities to protect the park and the public
- Appropriate signage will be installed to alert users of short term closures to the existing path within the proposed project area and to direct users to additional access points
· Except as necessary to facilitate construction activities, the staging and/or storage of construction equipment will not take place outside proposed construction limits within the boundaries of the park
- The contractor will be required to closely coordinate the construction schedule with ODOT and Toledo Metroparks
The ODOT District 2 Environmental Staff has coordinated the project’s anticipated impacts with the Toledo Metroparks (the property owner and operator), who provided concurrence that the proposed measures to minimize harm will mitigate the minor impacts anticipated from the project and will not adversely affect the features or attributes associated with Middlegrounds Metropark or the recreational activities that occur there.
Due to the acquisition of land associated with the park property, ODOT District 2 is seeking public input and comment regarding these impacts to Middlegrounds Metropark. Please provide comments to Phoenix Golnick, District Environmental Specialist at Phoenix.firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-373-4329. Comments will be accepted until Saturday, May 27, 2017.
The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset--the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.
For more information contact:
The District Two Public Information Office at (419) 373-4428
or email D02.PIO@dot.state.oh.us